“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” -Aristotle
Keep this in mind when you faced with your fears and you are trying to figure out what to do. If you let your fears overrule your life, you will never try nor accomplish anything in your life. This can lead to you to have regrets about things and resentment towards people who achieve or talk you out of trying anything. If you learn to overcome your fears, you will realize that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to and try. This can lead you to have confidence in yourself and the strength to endure any obstacle that you can face.
When I left for the military in 2006, I had two fears. The first fear was that I would not make it because I could not swim well. The second fear was that my wife was probably going to leave me because I left to do it against her wishes.
With both fears, I could have easily turned the military down and not looked back, but I probably would not be happy with turning down the opportunity to change things. I am glad that I chose not to in hindsight.
Instead of letting my fears take over, I learned to overcome them by simply doing it, and live with the consequences. For swimming, I went each day to the pool and believed that I would be able to swim well, and I did just that! As for my wife, I worked hard at trying to improve as a person and used her as motivation to give it my best each day, and I am happy to say that she chose to stay and make this experience awesome thus far.
You can overcome your fears as long as you take action and do not spend much time thinking about your fears. The longer you give thoughts to your fears, it is more likely that they will take over your ability to make things happen. Let’s remember that when you succumb to your fears, you stop everything and lose the drive to succeed; but when you overcome your fears, you move forward and accomplish your goals and dreams.
-Michael J. Fite